Hoonah continued its dominance of Southeast small-schools volleyball last weekend by winning the title at the Region V-Class 2A championship in Kake.
The Braves beat the Klawock Chieftains 17-15, 15-5, 15-0 to win the region title for the third straight year. They did not lose a match in the entire tournament.
Both Hoonah and Klawock qualified for the Class 1A-2A-3A (West Region) state tournament this weekend at Bartlett High School in Anchorage.
Hoonah coach Julie Jackson said a major focus for the team was to commit as few errors as possible. She reported that they had about 10 a game in the region tourney; when they won the state title in 1998, the team committed about 14 a game.
The Braves were runners-up in last season's state tournament, falling to Koliganek in the title game 15-2, 7-15, 17-15, 15-8.
Hoonah opens state tourney play against Dillingham at 3 p.m. Thursday. Should the Braves win, they'll face the winner of the Barrow-Tok match. Hoonah won the state title in 1998 and Dillingham won in 2000.
Klawock will open against Seldovia in the other half of the eight-team bracket at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. If the Chieftains win, they'll face either Koliganek or Nenana.
The championship match will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday.
At the region tourney, Hoonah also swept the individual skills awards. Agatha Erickson won the serving competition, and Branda Skaflestad won the passing competition.
Gustavus will represent Region V in the mixed-six coed state volleyball tournament, also being held this weekend at Bartlett High School in Anchorage.
It is Gustavus' first year of competition in the mixed-six format, which allows small Class 1A and 2A schools to compete if they do not have enough girls for a team.
The Foxes traditionally competed as an all-girls team - and qualified for state last year - but graduation and moves left them short-handed this season. Only two players from last year's squad returned this season.
"This year was new for us; we'd always been just girls," coach Rachel Parks said. "Mixed-six started last year (in Southeast, it's been around for several years up north), so it was a great way to include the boys."
Angoon was the only other Southeast school to play mixed-six this season, and Gustavus beat the Eagles both times they played to earn the state berth. Yakutat was also slated to participate but was forced to drop out mid-season.
The Foxes will open state play at 3 p.m. Thursday against Marshall/Russian Mission.
Gustavus' eight-player roster - which includes all of the eligible high school students - is comprised of senior Crissy Farley; sophomores Danielle Barrier, Stephanie Graham, Christopher Trump, Madison Evans, Elm Robichaud and J.C. Olivit; and freshman Jeff Gibson.
REGION V-CLASS 2A VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
Results from the Region V-Class 2A Championship, held last Friday and Saturday at Kake High School.
Thorne Bay def. Skagway 15-2, 15-7, 15-13; Klawock def. Kake 12-15, 15-9, 15-6, 15-12; Hoonah def. Thorne Bay 15-0, 15-0, 15-0; Kake def. Skagway 15-8, 15-9, 15-8; Kake def. Thorne Bay 1-15, 15-6, 15-6, 15-10; Hoonah def. Klawock 15-1, 15-6, 15-6; Klawock def. Kake 15-11, 15-11, 9-15, 15-9; Hoonah def. Klawock 17-15, 15-5, 15-0.
Hoonah - Branda Skaflestad, Amy Wright, Cassandra Peters; Klawock - Natalie Wangerin, Amber Demmert, Sharon Webb; Thorne Bay - Kerri Gefre, Joelle Gefre; Skagway - Miranda Collecchi, Colleen Ketterman; Kake - Roseann Jackson, Stacey Earnest.